Paignton is just beautiful

Paignton is just beautiful

Paignton is a beautiful town in the heart of Torbay and a popular holiday destination in the English Riviera.It was first mentioned in 1086 having its origins as a Celtic settlement.It grew as a small fishing village and its harbour was built in 1837.The railway line opened in 1859 creating links to Torquay and London.As Paignton grew it merged with the villages of Goodrington & Preston. The Beaches B and B is a minute’s walk to Preston Sands and would have been part of the old village of Preston.

The Torbay Picture House is believed to have been Europe’s oldest purpose-built cinema and was built in 1907. Seat 2 Row 2 of the circle was the favourite seat of Torquay-born crime novelist Agatha Christie, who lived in neighbouring Galmpton. The cinemas and theatres in her books are all said to be based on the Torbay Picture House. It was also used as a location for the 1984 Donald Sutherland film Ordeal by Innocence and the The Royal Bijou Theatre is now demolished, but a blue plaque marking its former location can be found next to the Thomas Cook travel agency in Hyde Road. The theatre was the venue for the premiere of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan on 30 December 1879. The Palace Theatre in Palace Avenue, Paignton has been the main theatre in the town since the conversion of the Festival Theatre to a cinema in 1998.

From 1889 to 1897 the mathematician Oliver Heaviside lived in Palace Avenue, in the building now occupied by Barclays Bank. A commemorative blue plaque can be seen on the wall & Heaviside is buried in Paignton Cemetery.

Noticably near to the Beaches B and B along Preston Sands are the beautiful and colourful beach huts adorning the seafront.